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English: A Mermaid Français : Une Sirène

A Mermaid by John William Waterhouse. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia

I have seen them riding seaward on the waves
Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
When the wind blows the water white and black.

We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.”
T.S. Eliot

By W. Heath Robinson, The Little Mermaid, 1909

“I am a siren, and for my adoration of mankind, have been caught in fishing nets one time too many. And in those fishing nets I have learned too many unfavorable things about human intentions and the lack of trust and goodwill; I’m not going to allow myself to be caught, anymore. Sirens do well at singing the sirens’ song and dragging vile people to their deaths, and for good reason!”
― C. JoyBell C.

The Mermaid and the Dragon by Warwick Goble

She was not a woman, of course.  Like her island, she was that which no man could claim: a mermaid. . .  In her bewitching voice she offered the fisherman a bargain, and he grabbed at it– his life for his soul, and a marriage to her.   — The Last Mermaid by Shana Abe.

Mermen. Russian lubok.

Mermen. Russian lubok. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Far out in the ocean, where the water is as blue as the prettiest cornflower, and
as clear as crystal, it is very, very deep… There dwell the Sea King and his subjects.”
Hans Christian Andersen, “The Little Mermaid” 1837